Funeral home indicted of refusing to cremate happy man





Lambda Legal is suing a Mississippi wake home, alleging a business refused to ride and cremate a stays of a male final year after training he had a husband. They filmed this video for their YouTube channel. Used with permission.
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A Mississippi wake home is being sued for allegedly refusing to cremate an aged happy man. However, a wake home says it never refused use to a male or his family.

Picayune Funeral Home, in Picayune, is indicted of refusing to cremate a stays of Robert “Bob” Huskey after training he was married to a male during a time of his death, according to profession Beth Littrell with Lambda Legal, a New York-based classification operative for a polite rights of lesbians, happy men, and people with HIV/AIDS.

“After 52 years together and after carrying finished pre-arrangements to safeguard what was already a sad and comfortless day would be as easy as possible, they were told that a wake home was reluctant to respect their agreement and, as a result, their already unhappy day turn immeasurably worse,” Littrell said.

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Lambda Legal and Jackson profession Rob McDuff filed a lawsuit in Mar in Mississippi’s Pearl River County Circuit Court seeking a jury hearing and vague damages.

The fit identifies Brewer Funeral Services, a primogenitor association of Picayune Funeral Home, and owners Ted and Henrietta Brewer.

When reached Tuesday afternoon, Henrietta Brewer vehemently and tearfully denied a allegations. Brewer pronounced a wake home has served countless happy families over a years.

“It’s not true,” she pronounced of a allegation. “We have finished many happy families.”

Offering an example, Brewer pronounced a male in Florida sends flowers any deteriorate for a wake home to place on a grave of his late father who is buried in Memorial Gardens, a tomb owned and confirmed by a Brewers.

She would not yield a marker of a widower.

Brewer pronounced she doesn’t know where a explain stems from, saying, “We did not exclude this male since he was gay. We didn’t exclude him during all.”

She pronounced there was no agreement between a wake home and Huskey’s family.

According to a lawsuit, Brewer Funeral Services breached a agreement to ride and cremate Huskey’s physique after training his subsequent of family was a man, allegedly observant they did not “deal with their kind.”

Littrell pronounced a agreement was not sealed though a written agreement was entered into between a wake home and John Gaspari, a nephew of Huskey’s husband, Jack Zawadski.

Before Huskey’s passing, Gaspari reportedly called mixed wake homes in a area. The lawsuit alleges he and Picayune Funeral Home concluded on travel and cremation for Huskey for $1,795. The day before Huskey’s death, Gaspari again called a wake home. According to a complaint, he was positive a wake home “would take caring of everything,” all that was indispensable was a call from a nursing home when Huskey died.

The Picayune Funeral Home reportedly sent Huskey’s nursing home, Bedford Care Center of Picayune, the required paperwork to be sealed by a subsequent of family in sequence to ride his body.

Huskey died a subsequent day, on May 11, 2016. He was 86.

Zawadski sealed a paperwork, and a nursing home sent it to a wake home.

Gaspari pronounced in a censure that he perceived a call from a nursing home observant a wake home was refusing to yield services for Huskey. Huskey’s physique was eventually ecstatic to Hattiesburg, 90 miles away.

“If it’s a mother, father, sister, brother, whoever, when somebody passes away, it’s heartbreaking,” Gaspari said. “Then to have to understanding with taste in genocide when you’re already grieving.”

The Brewer’s attorney, Silas McCharen, denied a allegations.

“This is not a polite rights box or a taste case,” McCharen pronounced in an emailed statement. “Ms. Brewer denies she ever spoke a difference ‘deal with their kind’ to anyone, including anyone during a nursing home where Plaintiff’s decedent, Bob Huskey, upheld away. Picayune Funeral Home has never refused to yield services formed on passionate orientation.”

However, Littrell pronounced they have justification that backs adult a claim.

“I am assured that we will be means to infer by witness, phone annals and other means that what we explain in a lawsuit is in fact what happened,” she said.

Huskey and Zawadski met in California in 1965. Huskey was a special preparation teacher and Zawadski an antiques dealer. Set adult by mutual friends, a span went to a film premiere for their initial date.

Zawadski doesn’t remember a name of a film though he does remember a approach he felt with Huskey.

Six months later, a dual changed in together. It was some-more than 52 years ago, though Zawadski remembers it was on a Friday night. And Huskey’s seat was hideous.

Chuckling, Zawadski said, “I didn’t caring for his furniture, it was all paper-covered wood. We stored his things in one of a bedrooms.”

Over a march of their life together, a integrate finished memories camping and prospecting in a Mexico dried and fishing in a rivers of Colorado. They moved to Colorado after a genocide of Huskey’s father where they bought a grill they wished they hadn’t and then, “with 60 bucks in my pocket,” to Zawadski’s local Wisconsin where they owned an apple farm.

They had friends of course, and a dog, Zawadski said, though they mostly kept to themselves.

“We didn’t go to bars or happy organizations or anything like that during a time,” he said. “We had any other. What else did we need?”

The integrate changed to Mississippi in 1997 to retire. They dreamed of going to Maryland to get married though didn’t have a income to make a trip. Bob’s health was declining, initial with an ankle medicine and afterwards with a bypass surgery.

When matrimony equivalence became a law of a land in 2015, a integrate got married in Hancock County.

“He was so happy after this, Bob, that we finally got together,” Zawadski recalled.

Less than a month later, Zawadski was assisting Huskey eat, travel and take caring of his personal hygiene. They called in hospice.

Then, Huskey fell twice in one week. Zawadski had to call an ambulance any time so EMTs could collect his father adult off a floor. They finished a preference to put Bob in a nursing home. He died a following May.

Zawadski pronounced regardless of a lawsuit he is still lamentation for his husband, and, after 50 years, always might be.

“I still skip him, what else can we say, you know? He was a smashing person, really honest. He desired life. We desired any other.”

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